Pain Management Associations

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If properly used the combination of hot and cold therapy may provide relief for up to five days. This therapy is especially efficient for injuries that have been sustained from overuse or tears to muscles. The cold therapy can also lessen inflammation and pain through dilation of blood vessels. It improves blood flow to the area that is injured. It can also help with chronic joint pain. The best part about both treatments is that they can be combined!

Inflammation is lessened
Cold therapy is more effective than heat therapy when it comes to the reduction of inflammation and blood flow to the affected areas. The cold therapy decreases swelling, while the heat therapy boosts blood flow and draws in more nutrients. Because of its soothing effects on joints heating therapy is particularly effective in pain management. But which method should you select to relieve your pain? Here are some suggestions. Make sure to check out our helpful chart. Let’s look at how heat and cold therapy work together.

Ice therapy can be very efficient in reducing inflammation and swelling. Ice therapy can also help reduce swelling and inflammation. It can also produce the sensation of numbness that slows down the brain’s pain signals. Effective cold therapy methods include ice baths homemade ice packs and chemical cold packs. Similar to the use of heat therapy, you must follow the proper procedure and limit the time of cold exposure. You should not leave the cold pack on your skin for longer than 20 mins as it could result in ice burns or hives.

Reduces swelling
While cold therapy may reduce swelling, it has some limitations. People suffering from chronic injuries should avoid this method. Additionally cold therapy should not be used on wounds that are open and is not recommended for those with circulatory or neuropathic conditions. Furthermore, patients suffering from infections should consult their physician prior using this therapy. Cold therapy should be applied only on the affected areas in the initial stages of pain.

Doctors recommend that you first apply ice to reduce swelling, and then apply heat to relieve discomfort. Heat therapy boosts blood flow and warms muscles before you begin your exercise. Cold therapy, on the other hand, reduces blood flow and reduces swelling. For the most effective relief, patients should wrap the affected area in a thin towel. For the best results cold therapy should be applied for at minimum 15-20 minutes several times a day.

Reduces pain
It’s dependent on the type and severity of the injury which treatment is more efficient in relieving pain. For acute pain, like an injury to a muscle, heat is the best treatment. Cold therapy is suggested for chronic pain, such long-term joint pain. There isn’t a exact and definite rule for which is more effective. Cold therapy is beneficial for the majority of people suffering from joint pain.

Cryotherapy or cold therapy is used to reduce inflammation and swelling. It reduces the damage to tissues by reducing nerve activity. Particularly, it numbs sore muscle tissue and reduces nerve activity. It reduces inflammation and swelling by reducing nerve activity. However cold therapy is not appropriate for some individuals including pregnant women. Because cold therapy causes the body to react differently than heat, it is recommended for those suffering from a severe pain from an injury.

Lowers inflammation
If used to treat various health conditions, cold therapy can help reduce pain and swelling. Cold therapy decreases inflammation by constricting blood vessels in muscles, thereby reducing blood flow. It also decreases pain signal transmission through your brain. There are two kinds of cold therapy which include homemade ice packs as well as chemical cold packs. Cold therapy should be used only for the recommended duration, just like heat therapy. Exposure to cold for too long can cause ice burns or hives.

Although both cold and therapy have benefits however, they have distinct side effects. Acute injuries are more likely to be treated using cold therapy due to the reduced blood flow. Heating therapy increases blood flow, reduces swelling, inflammation and improves circulation. It also has a calming psychological effect on the sufferer making it a great choice for pain management that is ongoing. However cold therapy isn’t as efficient for long-term pain control.